Algebra I For Dummies 2nd Edition by Mary Jane Sterling

Algebra I For Dummies 2nd Edition by Mary Jane Sterling


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Pages 390
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Algebra I For Dummies 2nd Edition by Mary Jane Sterling


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Author of Algebra I For Dummies PDF


Mary Jane Sterling has been an educator since graduating from college. Teaching at the junior high, high school, and college levels, she has had the full span of experiences and opportunities to determine how best to explain how mathematics works.

She has been teaching at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, for the past 30 years. She is also the author of Algebra II For Dummies, Trigonometry For Dummies, Math Word Problems For Dummies, Business Math For Dummies, and Linear Algebra For Dummies

Algebra I Contents


Part I: Starting Off with the Basics

  • Chapter 1: Assembling Your Tools 
  • Chapter 2: Assigning Signs: Positive and Negative Numbers 
  • Chapter 3: Figuring Out Fractions and Dealing with Decimals
  • Chapter 4: Exploring Exponents and Raising Radicals 
  • Chapter 5: Doing Operations in Order and Checking Your Answers 

Part II: Figuring Out Factoring 

  • Chapter 6: Working with Numbers in Their Prime 
  • Chapter 7: Sharing the Fun: Distribution 
  • Chapter 8: Getting to First Base with Factoring
  • Chapter 9: Getting the Second Degree
  • Chapter 10: Factoring Special Cases

Part III: Working Equations

  • Chapter 11: Establishing Ground Rules for Solving Equations
  • Chapter 12: Solving Linear Equations 
  • Chapter 13: Taking a Crack at Quadratic Equations
  • Chapter 14: Distinguishing Equations with Distinctive Powers
  • Chapter 15: Rectifying Inequalities 

Part IV: Applying Algebra 

  • Chapter 16: Taking Measure with Formulas 
  • Chapter 17: Formulating for Profit and Pleasure 
  • Chapter 18: Sorting Out Story Problems
  • Chapter 19: Going Visual: Graphing 
  • Chapter 20: Lining Up Graphs of Lines 

Part V: The Part of Tens

  • Chapter 21: The Ten Best Ways to Avoid Pitfalls 
  • Chapter 22: The Ten Most Famous Equations 

Introduction to Algebra I For Dummies eBook


Let me introduce you to algebra. This introduction is somewhat like what would happen if I were to introduce you to my friend Donna.

I’d say, “This is Donna. Let me tell you something about her.” After giving a few well-chosen tidbits of information about Donna, I’d let you ask more questions or fill in more details.

In this book, you find some well-chosen topics and information, and I try to fill in details as I go along.

As you read this introduction, you’re probably in one of two situations:

You’ve taken the plunge and bought the book.

You’re checking things out before committing to the purchase

In either case, you’d probably like to have some good, concrete reasons why you should go to the trouble of reading and finding out about algebra.

One of the most commonly asked questions in a mathematics classroom is, “What will I ever use this for?” Some teachers can give a good, convincing answer.

Others hem and haw and stare at the floor. My favorite answer is, “Algebra gives you power.” Algebra gives you the power to move on to bigger and better things in mathematics.

Algebra gives you the power of knowing that you know something that your neighbor doesn’t know. Algebra gives you the power to be able to help someone else with an algebra task or to explain to your child these logical-mathematical processes.

Algebra is a system of symbols and rules that is universally understood, no matter what the spoken language.

Algebra provides a clear, methodical process that can be followed from beginning to end. It’s an organizational tool that is most useful when followed with the appropriate rules.

What power! Some people like algebra because it can be a form of puzzle-solving. You solve a puzzle by finding the value of a variable. You may prefer Sudoku or Ken Ken or crosswords, but it wouldn’t hurt to give algebra a chance, too.

About Algebra I For Dummies PDF

This book isn’t like a mystery novel; you don’t have to read it from beginning to end. In fact, you can peek at how it ends and not spoil the rest of the story.

I divide the book into some general topics — from the beginning nuts and bolts to the important tool of factoring to equations and applications. So you can dip into the book wherever you want, find the information you need.

Throughout the book, I use many examples, each a bit different from the others, and each showing a different twist to the topic. The examples have explanations to aid your understanding.

(What good is knowing the answer if you don’t know how to get the right answer yourself?) The vocabulary I use is mathematically correct and understandable.

So whether you’re listening to your teacher or talking to someone else about algebra, you’ll be speaking the same language.

Along with how I show you why. Sometimes remembering a process is easier if you understand why it works and doesn’t just try to memorize a meaningless list of steps.

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